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Froch vows to come back stronger after Ward loss - 18/12/2011

NOTTINGHAM star says he will return a better fighter in 2012.

A brave Carl Froch promised to get back on the World title trail next year after losing to Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six in Atlantic City.

The Cobra was humble in defeat after losing his WBC Super Middleweight title to the American via unanimous decision at the Boardwalk Hall, but promised to come back stronger in 2012.

“Credit to Ward. He was very slippery, and tricky in close. He ducks and slips and slides. He was slick and elusive and did a good job of keeping himself out of harm’s way.

“It was quite hard to hit him. The name of the game is not to get hit and he did that well. It was a bad night for me, I could not get anything going.

“Even when he was tired his defensive skills and ability to keep himself safe were excellent. I’ve never had someone hit me like that in the chest and I had trouble dealing with that.”

Froch will have a well-earned break after the conclusion to the tournament that has taken over two years to complete. In that time, the 34 year-old has fought a list of top-level fighters no British boxer can match, and he said he would love to face the other boxer to have handed him a defeat.

“You always want to avenge your defeats and Mikkel Kessler is the only other loss on my record,” said Froch. “I’d love to fight him and I’d love for it to be in America. I’m going to relax now and enjoy Christmas then we’ll sit down and look at the options but there’s plenty out there for me and I’m a long way from finished.”